just two years ago. in the sixth grade. july 11, 1994. i was shot by a teenage gang member. my son valentino was killed by a drunk driver. my baby brother joseph was shot. i was sexually assaulted. my wife emma was killed by a drunk driver. my heart was ripped apart. the day this happened to us, our family died. at that time, i had no idea that i needed help or that my family needed help. i didn't know help was there. a detective told us about victims' assistance. we did receive help with the funeral and burial. they informed me of my court dates. they paid for my wheelchair-accessible van. if you're a victim of crime, seek help, because help is there for you. even if you never reported the crime... crime victims' assistance programs are there to help.